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Florida DNC Member Resigns over Leaked Anti-Israel Emails

Evelyn Garcia (L) with Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Evelyn Garcia (L) with Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Photo Credit: Evelyn Garcia campaign

Evelyn Garcia, a Democratic National Committee (DNC) member and candidate for the Florida House of Representatives who accused Israel of “crimes against humanity” and of running “mass concentration camps” in a series of vitriolic emails, has apologized and resigned from the DNC.

Garcia, a Haitian-American elected to the DNC in 2008, sent the emails in 2011, but they were first released by BizPacReview.com after being passed on to South Florida Democrats last week. The emails evince a vicious contempt for Israel and echo the propaganda and trite canards that usually mark those on the radical anti-Israel left.

In an email dated May 24, 2011 Garcia wrote: “Slavery was ended, apartheid was ended and so this occupation must end.”

Two months later, on July 26, Garcia wrote that “by supporting Israeli occupation with US foreign aid, we are all complicit and guilty of their crimes against humanity.

“Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust,” she continued, “and it’s about time this guilt trip was taken off their backs.”

“I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression, (yes, confiscating other peoples’ land and building illegal settlements is aggression), not to mention ‘incursions’ that kill PEOPLE, destroy civilian homes and infrastructure all over, mass concentration prison camps, etc, etc, etc.”

BizPacReview reported that Garcia’s email rants began when she forwarded an email by the radical leftist group Code Pink, titled “Time for a New Middle East Policy,” which lambasted President Obama’s pandering to the “pro-occupation lobby” and announced a conference opposing it.

Local Democrats expressed horror and outrage at Garcia’s words. Loren Londner, one of the recipients of the emails, told BizPacReview that “This kind of speech almost qualifies as hate speech. This should be made public no matter who the person is or what their party.”

“She’s horrible,” said Dan Liftman, legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar). “She could harm the president and Debbie Wasserman Schultz.”

Palm Beach County Democratic Chairman Mark Alan Siegel called the emails “grossly inappropriate.” Oddly, Siegel said that he “was shocked by her choice of words,” seeming to imply that it was not Garcia’s views that bothered him, but rather the language she used to convey her views.

Though Garcia resigned from her post in the DNC on Friday afternoon, the controversy has not swayed her intention to run for a seat in the Florida House of Representatives; she is seeking to represent District 88, which includes the heavily Jewish West Palm Beach. She is running against three other democratic candidates for the post.

In her resignation letter to the DNC she wrote: “In passionately advocating my position supporting the rights of people I felt were being harmed, I used language that I now regret. The gist of the conversation had to do with my concern for innocent people being oppressed, but such support for the oppressed does not diminish my support for the good people of Israel.” Amazingly, she seemed to shift the blame for her comments, saying that her “private emails” had been released “by someone I believed was my friend.”

Garcia also emailed a statement to the Palm Beach Post on Friday, writing that her comments were “inappropriate and hurtful” and ” exactly the kind of ugly rhetoric that is not conducive to the overall atmosphere needed to create a prosperous peace.” She also apologized to “members of the Jewish faith whom I have worked with for years.”

Still, the controversy is showing no signs of abating, as some Florida democrats are being accused of knowing about the emails but sitting on them.

While Siegel claimed that he saw the emails for the first time last Monday morning, Liftman said he had known about the emails “for a while.”

Despite sounding contrite in her resignation letter and statement to the Post, Garcia seemed less than repentant in an a statement on Mondoweiss.com, a website that claims to cover Israel from a “progressive Jewish perspective.”

Casting herself as the victim of an unjustified witch hunt, Garcia said she has received a “barrage of hate mail and threats…from places as far away from Palm Beach County as Oklahoma.” Garcia returned to a tone more reminiscent of the emails that got her into trouble in the first place: “Don’t our loyalty and patriotism belong first to our country–the United States of America? Or, did they [the Palm Beach County political action group that released the emails] really intend a conversation among the wider electorate of the extent to which U.S. taxpayers are subsidizing an illegal occupation by Israel? And, who says it’s an occupation and illegal? Well, let me count the ways: numerous United Nations resolutions, J Street, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Presbyterian Church, CodePink, religious and political leaders and public opinion worldwide.”

“How much longer will U.S. taxpayers subsidize the illegal, immoral occupation of Palestinian territories?” she continued. “How about conducting a discussion on that topic instead of persecuting one messenger? Don’t Palestinians deserve their homeland too? After conducting guerrilla warfare and with United Nations votes of nations worldwide, including The Republic of Haiti, Israelis established their homeland some 60 years ago.”

Still, she offered this platitude to balance the “discussion: “The Jewish State of Israel is a legitimate, sovereign nation that I have long admired for its self-determination and generosity to others, including the recent victims of the Haiti earthquake.”

JTA contributed to this report

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26 Responses to “Florida DNC Member Resigns over Leaked Anti-Israel Emails”

  1. Any Jew who votes for Democrats should have their head examined. This is typical of the far-left extremists & anti-Semites that have hijacked the Democratic Party. This is NOT the Democratic Party of Harry Truman & JFK.
    This is the party of Leftist moron Muslim Brotherhood stooge Obama. To be sure, there are still ''moderates'' & friends of Israel among Democratic Congressmen but they don't run the show.

  2. Any Jew who votes for Democrats should have their head examined. This is typical of the far-left extremists & anti-Semites that have hijacked the Democratic Party. This is NOT the Democratic Party of Harry Truman & JFK.
    This is the party of Leftist moron Muslim Brotherhood stooge Obama. To be sure, there are still ''moderates'' & friends of Israel among Democratic Congressmen but they don't run the show.

  3. If you are a Democrat in West Palm Beach, be careful not to vote for her in the primary. She is viciously anti-Israel, and an anti-Semite. DO NOT VOTE FOR EVELYN GARCIA

  4. Cassandra Victoria says:

    “She’s horrible,” said Dan Liftman, legislative aide to U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar). “She could harm the president and Debbie Wasserman Schultz."
    OMG, even from across the pond, I can see that the "president" also holds those views and DWS will do anything for power; she is a vile kapo!

  5. Michael Mashian says:

    STOP THE OBAMINATION OF AMERICA!

    FREE JONAHTHAN POLLARD IMPRISONED FOR 26+ YEARS!

    The OBAMINATION HUSSEIN hypocrisy of worrying about Guatanamo muslim prisoners and ignoring a remoseful Pollard whose plea bargain was not honored when he pleaded guilty.

  6. We as Jews need to wake up to the fact that the next Great Expulsion is going to be in America.

  7. She resigned? SEE Ya wouldn’t wana be ya.

  8. Cassandra Victoria says:

    I think Europe/fourth Reich will be before America: at least you guys can arm yourselves!!

  9. Michael Mashian says:

    Cassandra Victoria let's hope the Redemption will be here much sooner than that : )
    We've had enough sufferings–expulsions and Holocaust already

  10. Bill Bissenas says:

    This is what Dems really think and say when they don't think anyone but like-minded friends are listening and reading. Make no mistake, the people who received Garcia's emails were people who she believe agreed with her views.

  11. Thomas Macso says:

    She worked for DWS, she had to have known about this racist imbecile.

  12. Harry Onickel says:

    How many sides of her mouth can Evelyn Garcia speak out of?

  13. Buddy Deroy says:

    Can you say FUGLY!
    Double FUGLY!

  14. What the hell is wrong with libs? They can be the most hateful and vile people.

  15. Jake Lee says:

    You bet your ass that more likely than not 75% of Jews in America will STILL vote for Obama. That's how stupid they are.

  16. Rc Fowler says:

    This evil woman "Evelyn Garcia" is very typical of the Marxist democrat leadership and party–which is full of Jew and Israel hatred–and hatred for the USA and all of the good which made the USA the best place of all the nations–the nation which has done more [with all of its faults] to help the worlds people than all of the other nations combined!

  17. Rc Fowler says:

    I agree–but most American Jews are mentally ill and will continue to vote for the Marxist democrat party–the party which promotes hatred of Jews and Israel and of the USA!

  18. Rc Fowler says:

    Anyone who truly believes in the policies of today's Marxist democrat party–is mentally ill!

  19. Rc Fowler says:

    This is entirely probable!

  20. Rc Fowler says:

    These are mentally ill people–which in no way lessens their guilt!

  21. Leftism is indeed a pathological mental condition but in defense of our American brethern, most are terribly uninformed, brain-washed by a left-wing biased media, as are many gentile Americans. Much of this is the fault of a very deficient Jewish leadership – so many Jewish organizations have been taken over by Leftists while many of our rabbis, especially Reform, have substituted political correctness & ''social justice'' above the Torah. ''Jewishness'' (no matter if you are observant or secular) is more than the Democratic Party with holidays.

  22. Rc Fowler says:

    I mostly agree with your assertion–but the truth is readily available at least to those who either read books and or use a computer.

  23. Susan Shea-Gerson says:

    I will *never* understand this phenomenon.

  24. When are Jews going to understand that the entire democratic party holds much the same view? They just don't make it public knowledge.
    Do you actually think that people like Obama and Pelosi are FOR israel? They don't understand that Palestinians don't want peace, they want the destruction of Israel. Peace is simply a bargaining chip that they use to regroup and rearm.

  25. Tom Wester says:

    This is a very sad and upsetting read. Does Ms. Garcia have any DIRECT experiences with Israel? Why must I believe that the answer is a resounding NO? Does she use a cell phone? Then she must be supporting those same Israelis who are so unsympathetic to Arabs that Arab citizens of Israel have more rights living in Israel than in any Arab country. And for Siegel to only complain about the language and not the content is as dicey as Garcia's thought patterns that have obviously annoyed the vast majority of readers. Why has he been kept off the hook? This is unfathomable at best!

  26. Craig Brockman says:

    Evelyn Garcia did what her party encourages. Any Democrat that thinks their party sides with democracy in the middle-east (Israel) is a nut job. The progressives in the Democratic party are ideologically opposed to Israel. They never acknowledge that Israel has the right to defend herself based on recent and historical attacks. Obama, who wanted the lines pulled back to 1967 borders is the leader of such hatred against the "Jewish" State (Yes, it is a Jewish state, and if you have disdain for Israel, you are anti-Semitic, it is a country based on and founded by a religion. If you try to spin it otherwise, you have revealed your true ignorance). It's time to toss every one of these Democrats OUT!

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